Producer John Singleton Suing Paramount and MTV

Oct 20, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Producer John Singleton is suing Paramount and MTV films, alleging they scammed him out of movies and money.

Producer John Singleton is suing Paramount Pictures and MTV Films for allegedly not delivering on their agreement to green light two of Singleton's films.

Singleton, who's known for producing films such as "Boyz n the Hood" and "Baby Boy," alleged that he gave the two companies the right to make untold millions by distributing the Oscar-winning film "Hustle and Flow."

In the lawsuit, Singleton says he gave Paramount the rights to distribute "Hustle and Flow," which won an Oscar for best song in 2005, for $9 million. The movie went on to make more than $22 million in the United States. He also gave Paramount the rights to distribute the Samuel L. Jackson film "Black Snake Moan," TMZ reported.

In return for distribution rights, Singleton alleges Paramount not only paid him, but promised to allow him two films with the company under the condition that the budget for each was under $3.5 million.

"I'd always had a great relationship with Paramount, going back to being an intern on the lot when I was at USC," Singleton said in a Los Angeles Times interview. "But a deal's a deal and they didn't honor the deal. I could have sold 'Hustle and Flow' for more money to someone else, but Paramount promised something special - giving me the ability to make two low-budget films with young filmmakers and great talent. All I've ever done is make money for Paramount. I've lived up to all the deals I've signed and it should work both ways."

Singleton's movies have grossed more than $400 million worldwide, according to IMDB.com.